15 Jan 2018 17:50

Court declines Yashin's lawsuit against Moscow mayor over denial to authorize Day of Free Elections festival

MOSCOW. Jan 15 (Interfax) - Moscow's Tagansky District Court has dismissed municipal deputy Ilya Yashin's lawsuit against Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin over the ban on the Day of Free Elections festival.

"Ilya Valeryevich Yashin's administrative lawsuit was considered. His lawsuit has been declined," the spokeswoman of the court, Yulia Sukhinina, told Interfax.

Along with Sobyanin, Vladimir Chernikov, the head of the regional security and counter-corruption department, and Sergei Travkin, the deputy prefect of the Moscow Central Administrative District, are identified as defendants in the case.

Yashin asked the court to find Travkin's response and the officials' steps to obstruct the execution of their powers by local bodies of self-government unlawful.

On December 20, the Moscow City Court granted the lawsuit of deputy Alevtina Bazeyeva from Moscow's Krasnoselsky municipal district and overturned the decision of the Krasnoselsky District's Council of Deputies to allow a Day of Free Elections celebration to be held on December 24.